Is it worth it, let me work it / I put my thing down, flip it, and reverse it. Did you just inadvertently start grooving in your chair? Of COURSE you did, because it's physically impossible to resist Missy Elliott's "Work It." Even if you can't dance worth a damn, you've probably shaken your badonkadonk to that song. *busts some hardcore moves while doing the white man's overbite*
Although Elliott tore up the charts back in 2002, she's been pretty quiet recently -- in fact, it's been seven years since she released an album and four since her last single. As she told People in 2011, her musical hiatus was partly due to her private battle with Graves' Disease, an autoimmune illness that affects the thyroid.
The good news for Missy Elliott fans is that she's officially back in the game, and if her latest lyrics are any indication, she's not leaving again any time soon.
Last night Elliott dropped two new singles, both produced by her longtime collaborator Timbaland. “Triple Threat” and “9th Inning" sound pretty different from the playful Missy of yesteryear, but she definitely exudes an aggressive sort of confidence that makes me think she's ready to rack up some major hits again.
As she raps in "9th Inning," "Now I’m in the 9th inning, thought I fell off, I ain’t quite finish."
Elliott was diagnosed with Graves' Disease in 2008, which gave her a number of unpleasant symptoms like dizzy spells, debilitating muscle weakness, mood swings, hair loss, and a fast heart rate. She underwent radiation treatment, and in 2011 she issued a statement that she'd finally regained her health:
I feel great. Under my doctor's supervision, I've been off medication for about a year and I'm completely managing the condition through diet and exercise.
It may be that her long road to recovery has something to do with the heaviness of her new tracks, which come off sounding -- to my ears, anyway -- less fun and dance-worthy than their older collaborations. Still, it's great news that she's back, and I'm excited to see what else she comes up with.
Check out Missy Elliott's new songs here:
What do you think of Missy Elliott's new tunes? Are you a fan?
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